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A masterly feat in interpretation – Schedule and projects of the cellist Maximilian Hornung in the 2017/2018 season

The whole world wants to hear him: in the coming season, the cellist Maximilian Hornung will be travelling to an extent he seldom has before. He has never had as many débuts in other countries as this year and the next – in Europe, Asia and America. He won’t be on tour with just one orchestra or programme, however, but constantly changing his musical partners, conductor, country, composer, style and epoch – sometimes several times in a week. “You do have to change gears very fast,” he says. “But the interpretations have matured over a long period. Working with all the different conductors gives them a special direction.” What drives him as a musician is the “quest for personality” – and this quest makes a frenetic season like the coming one not only possible for him, but even turns it into an enriching experience. In the next few months, this young cellist will be accomplishing a masterly feat in terms of organization and interpretation.

Perhaps this is why the 31-year-old musician is able to work together with his many different musical partners with such ease and flexibility. For example, on 22 October he will make his dĂ©but in Leipzig, playing in a programme devoted to Leonard Bernstein in the Gewandhaus with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kristjan Järvi, before performing Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A Minor, op. 129, just five days later in Suwon and Seoul in South Korea with Shi-Yeon Sung and the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra – his solo dĂ©but in the country. A mere three days after that (31 October), he will be with his friend Lisa Batiashvili in Tbilisi, playing Sulkhan Nassidze’s Concerto for Violin, Violoncello, Harpsichord and Strings with the Tbilisi State Chamber Orchestra – Georgian Sinfonietta under François Leleux. A piece that is “totally brilliant” and “an unbelievable treasure that no one knows,” says Hornung.

A special dĂ©but in the coming season will be Hornung’s concert on 23 November 2017 in the auditorium of Radio France in Paris. There, he will play Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, op. 107, with the Orchestre National de France under Semyon Bychkov. “This concert is my first big solo concert in France,” says Hornung – previously, he has played only at smaller concerts and festivals in Monte Carlo, Nantes and Nice. Around just a week later (1 and 2 December), he will make his dĂ©but in Sweden, interpreting Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A Minor, op. 129, under conductor Daniel Harding in Stockholm’s Berwaldhallen concert hall. But this will not be the only opportunity to hear this interpretation of the Schumann concerto: the classical-music label Myrios, with which Hornung has been working recently, is going to issue a CD of the Hornung-Harding version of the concerto scheduled for release in November 2018. Hornung’s interpretation of Dmitri Shostakovich’s second cello concerto and Sulkhan Tsintsadze’s second cello concerto, recorded in September with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by Andri Poga, will already come onto the shelves in the spring of 2018, also on Myrios Classics.

> read detailed press release of the season 17/18

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